It’s always “go big or go home” when it comes to Google – this is especially true of their most recent announcement that they are going to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. This is Google’s biggest acquisition to date and the impact this kind of deal will have on the future of mobility should not be underestimated. The takeover is likely to boost Google’s increasing dominance in the budding smartphone and tablet computer market.
According to Google’s CEO, Larry Page, “Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.”
Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, said, “We expect that this combination will enable us to break new ground for the Android ecosystem. However, our vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform and a vibrant open source community. We will continue to work with all of our valued Android partners to develop and distribute innovative Android-powered devices.”
Google pretty much plans to supercharge the Android ecosystem. What this really gives Google is the power to streamline- from hardware to software, to connections they need with developers. Building phones from the ground is nothing but a warm up.
Make some room and give Googorola a warm welcome to the hardware market; they’re just getting their feet wet. Way to patent-hop your way around the limitations of the OS.
I would love to hear comments and opinions about this new venture.